The Global Warming Shell Game
Warmer: "Oh noes! We're all gonna DIE unless we change our ways RIGHT NOW! I've got a study here, Study A, that conclusively proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt!"
Skeptic: "Where's the data behind that conclusion?"
W: "You don't need to see my data. You'd misuse it."
S: (whines about data access to the journal, the media, the funding agency)
W: (grudgingly) "Oh, all right. here's the data."
S: "Hey, it looks like you still left out some data, and your method is broken."
W: "No, I didn't, you industry shill. And there's nothing wrong with
S: "I'm pretty sure you did, and there is."
W: "There's nothing wrong."
S: "Yes there is."
W: "No there isn't."
(Skeptic finally convinces an independent expert panel to review the situation.)
EXPERT PANEL: "S is right. W didn't make his data or methods fully available and as far as we could figure out from what he DID make available, his methods are suspect and conclusions totally unreliable."
Warmer: "Okay, sure, even if there /were/ issues with /that/ study, that's an eight-year-old study! Science doesn't stand still, you know!
Even if there were teensy problems with the methodology, the essential conclusions are still correct and this has been proven CONCLUSIVELY by Studies B and C, that will be published this summer. So oh noes! We're all gonna DIE unless we change our ways RIGHT NOW! I've got PROOF!"
Skeptic: "Studies B and C seem like they have a lot of the same problems as A did."
W: "No they don't, you industry shill."
S: Yes they do!"
....and so on.